Fatality Crash Involving Train and Motor Vehicle on T&P Lane (Press Release)

by Traffic Division, Wednesday, August 01, 2012, 02:00 (2392 days ago)

ABILENE, TX – This afternoon at 3:47 p.m., Abilene Police Department (APD) Dispatch received notification from Union Pacific Railroad that one of their train engines had collided with a vehicle on the tracks while traveling west bound. Both police and fire units were dispatched to the incident. APD officers learned that the collision occurred at the 100 block of T&P Lane but that train had stopped approximately 0.38 miles from the area of the impact.

Officer Brian Trail, with the Traffic Division, responded to the call. His preliminary investigation indicated that the involved vehicle, a 2004 Chrysler Town & Country van, was south bound on T&P Lane when the female driver drove around the railroad crossing arms and was struck on the driver’s side of the van by the oncoming train engine. The driver was the sole occupant in the van. The investigation revealed that the van was pushed sideways, along the path of the tracks, until the train and van reached a trestle, at which point the van fell approximately 25 feet to the ground. Locating the van was hampered because of its remote location. First responders made initial contact with the driver at about 3:57 p.m. and immediately recognized that the driver was deceased. The driver was identified as Bettie F. McIntyre, age 83, of Abilene, Texas. She was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Bryan Smith. Next of kin notification was made.

At present, the speed of the train at the time of the collision is undetermined. Damage to the van was extensive to the driver’s side, passenger’s side and roof. Ms. McIntyre was found wearing her seatbelt. The Abilene Fire Department used the jaws-of-life to extract her from the van. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this collision. There was no reported damage to the crossing arms.

A blood sample was taken from Ms. McIntyre and will be forwarded for analysis. The investigation into this crash (case # 12-13804) continues.

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